CAAP confident airline industry will pass safety audits


Posted at Oct 06 2010 05:13 PM | Updated as of Oct 07 2010 01:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is confident the local aviation industry will pass the safety audits that several international agencies will implement within the year.

Representatives of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are visiting the Philippines to assess the country's progress in meeting global aviation safety standards.

Findings made by experts from EASA will determine if the ban preventing local carriers from entering European airspace will be lifted.

Last March, the EU barred Philippine carriers from mounting flights to the 27-country bloc because of CAAP's failure to address safety issues raised by its peer body in the US, the Federal Aviation Administration.

ICAO, for its part, also found gaps in CAAP's regulation, prompting it to classify the Philippines as among countries with significant security risks.

CAAP director-general Alfonso Cusi said the agency is "ready" for the planned safety audits as it already implemented several corrective actions.

EASA will be in the country this month, while ICAO will be coming in by December.